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The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Top Ten Best Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019

This is my list of my all time favorites (compiled up to review #3132). These are the best and most memorable varieties – some you’ll be able to find easily, some you won’t. In the images you see, you’ll see garnished bowls of noodles. Note – reviewing is done BEFORE products have anything externally added by myself, and I follow directions on the package – for better or for worse. I should also note that going forward, the official last day for companies to submit varieties to be considered for the annual top ten will be January 31st. That’s enough – let’s have a look at The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition!

The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

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#10: Indomie Real Meat Mi Instan Goreng Rendang – Indonesia

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The first Indomie variety on the list in years and it’s really amazing. Basically take their Mi Goreng Rendang and include a sachet of real rendang in a retort pouch. This comes after recently hearing that Indomie Rendang is hard to find here in the United States, something I was surprised to hear since it’s such a popular product and such a good one. Original review

#9: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ramen – Hong Kong

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I’ve become enamored and thrilled with the straight ramen noodle varieties in recent years – especially ones from Hong Kong which have been on the last two The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time lists. This is Sau Tao’s first appearance on the list. A Thai flavor is delivered masterfully – broth has a great richness and crispness of tom yum kung – spicy and lemongrass and shrimp notes play together very well. Original review

#8: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

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It’s second year on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time, Mom’s Dry Noodles’ Dan Dan Noodle is just wonderful stuff. A broth-free offering with gourmet Taiwanese dry noodles, and myriad sauces that harmonize, salty, spicy, sweet and other flavors masterfully. Flavorful and deep. Original review

#7: Red Chef Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Another one returning to The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time list, Red Chef’s Green Tom Yum Soup Noodles feature a fried noodle with a great mouthfeel and quantity. They work well with the broth which is like a mashup of tom yum and green curry. The spiciness and flavors are just great – it might seem like a strange gimmicky kind of thing but definitely not. I love the new and this is a new flavor for the instant noodle world. Original review

#6: Prima Taste Singapore Curry Wholegrain La Mian – Singapore

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Since a very young age when my mother would cook curried chicken livers over rice, I’ve absolutely loved curry. This one is just mind blowing and has been on the top ten for years and years. The noodles are thick and chewy  – and have a rustic kind of feel to them. Marry that to the broth which comes from a large sachet of curry paste and one full of coconut milk powder, you end up with a rich, luxuriant experience you’ll love. I should note they also have a version with non-wholegrain noodles which is also very impressive. Original review

#5: CarJEN Nyonya Curry Laksa – Malaysia

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Back again with their rich curry noodle, CarJEN brings something very special to the table in their Nyonya Curry Laksa. You dip the paste seen on the spoon into the broth to flavor it and it has little bits of shrimp in there that really are a nice addition. Sweetness, spiciness, richness from coconut milk powder, and a nice plump noodle makes this so tasty and memorable. Original Review

#4: A-Sha Gourmet Braised Beef Noodle Soup – Taiwan

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This is the highest position a Taiwanese variety has achieved in The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time before – congratulations, Taiwan! For a long time, I’ve really enjoyed this style of noodle from Taiwan. It’s wide, with a center line which is thicker, and the sides are thinner – which gives them a very unique and wonderful mouthfeel. I’ve also always thought that these would just sing is in a broth (usually they are presented with a combination of sauces but no broth). The soup is rich with a strong beef flavor and hint of Sichuan peppercorn that do not overwhelm. The nice part is the inclusion of real beef in here. It should be noted that there is a special version of this that comes out during Lunar New Year which includes Wagyu beef – very expensive at a whopping $15USD per serving!, but very tasty as well. Original review

#3: Liangchengmei Biang Biang Men – China

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My wife Kit saw this while we were up in Canada and it piqued my curiosity so thought hey let’s give it a try. Noodles are very broad – over an inch. The flavoring is just superb – to use a word I normally don’t, this is yummy. What’s interesting too is that they included meat – at least I thought it was meat – it’s made from soy protein! Unique, delicious, and the highest a Chinese variety has achieved on The Ramen Rater’s Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time to date. Congratulations! Original review

#2: Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup Noodles – Malaysia

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Let the prawn-slaught begin! Returning to the #2 spot this year, we have a Red Chef variety that just gives and gives when it comes to sweet and savory prawn flavor. This umami bomb has a nice chewy noodle that is complimented by just the sweetest, strongest prawn broth with an excellent thickness and just the right amount of spiciness. What’s more they include a sachet of crispy onions to put on top that round things out so well. If you want to have a prawn freak out, this is an indispensable tool. Original review

#1: Prima Taste Singapore Wholegrain Laksa La Mian — Singapore

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For the fourth year in a row, Prima Taste wins with it’s excellent Wholegrain Laksa. If  abandoned on an island with only a life supply of instant noodles, I’d want them to be these, period. Hearty artisan noodles which are thick and of good quantity are combined with a broth which has a strong flavor and richness from coconut milk powder. A flavorful and striking noodle dish. Original review

What’s New

Instant Noodle Recipe Time

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

In the last year, I’ve decided to start doing videos for each on of my reviews and as of April 3rd, I’ve done 295 episodes. You can watch me cook and garnish everything as I sit at my stove. People have commented ‘why do you sit?’ Well, it’s a lot easier to record the show that way. Why do you wear sunglasses all the time? I’m legally blind and light sensitive. I answer a lot of questions about what I do from reader questions as well as talk about what I’m up to and give opinions and chatter about anything that crosses my mind. The show comes out every single day at 2pm Seattle time. Check out the show here.

The Chocolate Break

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

What began as something to try once has become a project my wife Kit and I do regularly. The Chocolate Break is where we try chocolate from around the world – and give our opinions on them. I’m proud to announce that www.thechocolatebreak.com is up and has rundowns of every single episode! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Big Changes For Me

The Ramen Rater's Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time 2019 Edition

Some of you have been noticing I’ve been losing weight – thank you! In fact I’ve been working hard on that. Reviews I do are usually involving me eating maybe 5% of a bowl of noodles, if that. Everything else goes down the drain.

I keep my regime to around 1200~1500 calories a day. I’ve also been doing a lot of walking with my daughter Miriam. With her stroller decked out with lots of lights and a really loud speaker (I usually play a lot of Primus, Herbie Hancock and Tobacco), we walk all over town. My feet hurt, too! If you put together our walking from April 1st and April 2nd, it comes to 21.12 miles (33.989km)! No, that is NOT a typo. My doctor told me I had high cholesterol back in October and I decided to make some changes. I’ll find out how I’ve done later this month and let you guys know how I’ve done so far.

Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples – Malaysia

Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples - Malaysia

Now that I’m doing Instant Noodle Recipe Time, I’ve asked some companies if they could send over samples of varieties I’ve reviewed for the series. Here are some from Red Chef of Malaysia in this Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater!

Unboxing Time: Red Chef Samples – Malaysia

Thank you very much! Looking forward to revisiting these!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (1 of 2)

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (1 of 2)

It’s usually the same thing every time – a knock at the door and a semi-confused looking guy handing me a package. We have some Lunar New Year stuff on our front door and so I’m guessing they’re expecting someone Asian to answer their knocking. Surprise! Big white guy. Anyways, let’s see what neat things are inside this box!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Red Chef (1 of 2) – Malaysia

Wow – three new varieties to try and the bowls from the packages! Thank you so much!

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Red Chef

Interview With Red Chef * Product Samples From Red Chef (1 of 2) * Product Samples From Red Chef (2 of 2) * Red Chef Spicy Sakura Prawn Soup NoodlesRed Chef Green Tom Yum Soup NoodlesRed Chef Pandan White Curry NoodlesRed Chef Sesame Clear Soup Noodles

I noticed this brand on Instagram a few months back and they had some neat looking flavors. I thought ‘hey – I want to check those out!’ An email was sent and boom – here we are! To start things off, I conducted an interview with Red Chef’s Executive Director Annie Tang to learn more about the company and their products.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Red Chef – Malaysia

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to this interview! To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Red Chef?

RED CHEF> A few talented and experienced individuals who has under their belt created products that gained recognition and fame in the market, came out on their own to create this new brand Red Chef and its various delicious products.

TRR> Why the name Red Chef?

RED CHEF> “Red” is associated with passion which forms our identity and love for food which shows in our products which uses only quality and fresh ingredients while carefully preserving these amazing flavors throughout production to each and every delicious bite! That’s love in a bite!

“Chef” symbolizes culinary experts and we aim to portray “Red Chef” Brand to be a brand that elevates the traditional Asian food to a whole new level in the most convenient form, accessible to anyone and anywhere.

TRR> Can you tell us about the varieties of noodles you make?

RED CHEF> The first is the Green Tom Yum Noodles that brings in the unique flavors of the kaffir lime leaves and mix in with our unique formulation that gives you that instant distinctive Tom Yum sour taste followed by a full body of flavor that ends with a tingly spiciness at the end. We name this product Green Tom Yum because the soup itself is naturally green with the use of natural green ingredients such as green chillis, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, lime and etc.

The second is our Pandan White Curry Noodles which we have elevated using the ever so popular Asian plant called Pandan aka Screwpine. Pandan is a herbaceous plant that grows in southeast Asia and is often used to flavour desserts, drinks and in some cases it’s also ground into a paste and used in savoury dishes to flavour rice or wrap up food. It adds an additional depth of flavors and its aromatic fragrance tantalized your tastebuds even before tasting it thus making it a more delicious experience.

The third will be our Sakura Prawn Noodles which we have selectively picked the famous Sakura Prawns for its distinct and satisfying flavor and its strong aroma that screams delicious prawn noodle. This is achieved through a special cooking processes that preserves the tasty essence of the freshness of the prawns.

The foUrth is our Sesame Clear Soup Noodle which we have added roasted sesame and garlic infused oil to add that burst of flavors. You may also experience the crunchy fragrant fried garlic bits that keep you wanting more to the last drop.

Using these fresh natural ingredients allow us to bring out all of the flavors unique to each component. Many don’t know that a lot of flavors are lost during the cooking process thus our team took it an extra mile further to ensure that everything is preserved as nature intended.

Thus reflecting our passion for the love of food in every bite our customers take.

TRR> You’re a new company – why was it important to you to start up?

RED CHEF> Our team wanted to push ourselves further than ever before in this industry something that we couldn’t do so before.

Many focus on the product while we want to also focus on the consumer experience hence from the first impression of the beautiful and elegant packaging right off the shelf, to its minimalist design to keep your attention on the delicious images, down to the fragrance and into each mouth watering bite.

It’s definitely a risk to do so but we believe so passionately about and just can’t help wanting to share our love of food to the world.

TRR> Your company is located in the Malaysia Can you tell us a little about your locale?

RED CHEF> We are located on the mainland of Penang, the foodie capital of Malaysia. Food inspiration is everywhere and it’s one of the reasons why it drives and fuel our passion to push the envelop further to find better ways to make food more delicious while making it nutritious as well.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

RED CHEF> Currently we are focus in our strengths and passion in creating unique pastes while noodle making process we are teaming up with one of the best in the industry to provide that.

TRR> Do you make your own pastes?

RED CHEF> Yes we do. We have our own well experienced R&D team that looks into every minute detail from aroma, texture, flavor profiles and also its nutritional benefits.

Our production follows the principle Taste of “Kochabi” (The Taste of the olden days) with a modern twist.

Using traditional and proven cooking methods into modern machineries for mass production allows us to preserve the best of each ingredients throughout the cooking processes while maintaining its Aroma and Taste.

TRR> How do you decide on what varieties to produce?

RED CHEF> The varieties we produce very much depend on the nature and availability of raw materials. While we decide on which varieties to produce taking into considerations the consistency of the supply and taste of each ingredients as well as the life span.

Besides, we also consistently think of new ways to overcome the challenges of handling the ingredients to ensure only the best goes to Red Chef products.

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

RED CHEF> We started with 4 flavors in our Packet Noodle Series and the Bowl and Cup Noodle series will be in the pipeline. We aim to launch our Bowl Noodles in the third quarter this year and Cup Noodles next year.

TRR> Apart from noodles, are there other products you produce or plan to produce?

RED CHEF> Since our core manufacturing strength is producing instant cooking paste, we will be producing instant cooking pastes in consumer pack and Food Service pack to widen our range of products.

TRR> Can you suggest pairings for your products, like meats, seafood or vegetables?

RED CHEF> In today’s modern world, it’s all about personalization. The flavors is amazing on its own but easily personalized to individual taste preferences that will further enhance the experience and satisfaction.

However, we do kindly suggest to our consumers to cook the additional ingredients separately and top up later especially if one doesn’t plan to alter the original flavor of the soup.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

RED CHEF> We have formulated the paste to use the least amount of sodium in each product. For those who are concern about the sodium intake may opt to reduce the seasoning they add on. By doing that, they are still able to enjoy the essence of the natural herbs and spices (with high nutritious value) from the pastes while reducing sodium intake.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

RED CHEF> As we are still new in the market, we are not yet active in any community based activities but that is definitely part of our agenda in the near future.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

RED CHEF> Yes, as we launch this first Noodle Series of 4 flavors, our R & D is still busy with new series of products which we will reveal from time to time.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

RED CHEF> Red Chef products are currently available in Malaysia and we are still seeking export opportunities giving everyone an opportunity to taste the flavors of Asia. Back in our home base, we are teaming up with Yee Lee Trading, a strong FMCG company with well-established sales and distribution network as well as logistics services throughout the country. This company has been a successful distributor in Malaysia for some world famous brands including Campbell and Red Bull.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special?

RED CHEF> Green Tom Yum Noodle – This flavor with seafood especially prawns and squids, due to its sour taste and I do not suggest to go with any poultry.

Pandan White Curry Noodle – A few versions and combinations
a. The original version is shown in the packaged by adding prawns, fried bean curd, cuttlefish, cockles and long beans.
b. The “anything from the freezer” version – fried fishballs, meatballs or anything that is left over from your freezer
c. The meat version – goes really well with pork slices

Sakura Prawn Noodles – I usually like to stir fry some shrimps (small ones) with the paste before I cook the noodles, it goes well with boiled egg too especially when the egg yolk combines into the prawn soup.

Sesame Clear Soup Noodle – I enjoy this flavor with minced pork meat balls(seasoned with salt and pepper), fish ball and chicken slices.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Red Chef and your products!

Thasnk you very much! Alright – let’s check out samples and start Meet The Manufacturer!